Charles McGill

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Charles McGill is an Assistant Professor of Art at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY), and a multi-disciplinary artist recognized nationally for his 15-year body of work, "The Artifacts from the Former Black Militant Golf and Country Club.

This provocative collection of sculpture, assemblage and collage pieces appropriates what McGill refers to as "a symbol of white privilege" -- vintage golf bags -- and creates artworks exploring race and representation. Work from this collection comprises McGill's first major museum exhibit, Charles McGill: Front Line, Back Nine, featured at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida on display now through July 3, 2016.

He discusses this work in the CUNY Television series, Study with the Best/Stories from the Community Colleges. McGill's segment, at the 12:13 mark, aired April 24, 2016. He also talks about his work in a December 2015 BMCC news article, "Golf, Art and Dismantling Old Beliefs.

In 2015, McGill was awarded a $25,000 Painters and Sculptors grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Other awards include the 2014 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2012 Fellow-in-Residence at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and a 2007 Art Matters Travel Grant.

His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, The Village Voice and Artnet Magazine, as well as in art newspapers and blogs such as The International Review of African-American Art, The Brooklyn Rail, Artillery Magazine and White Hot Magazine.

His first solo exhibition opened in 1999 at the Barbara Ann Levy Gallery in New York City. Solo exhibitions to follow have included the one-man shows "Trapped," at The Phatory, New York City, as well "Territories," and other solo exhibitions at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery, which now represents him.

McGill received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow; a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an AFA from Keystone Junior College in La Plume, Pennsylvania. He also attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Before joining the faculty at BMCC in 2014, Professor McGill taught drawing and painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of Visual Arts, Westchester Community College and Norwalk Community College.

He brings his experience as a fine artist -- deconstructing golf bags with a handsaw, a reciprocal saw, a circular saw, wire cutters and other tools, then reassembling the leather and vinyl panels into works of art -- to his studio classes at BMCC.

"I share with students, formal concerns I'm exploring, and personal things that I explore through that medium," he says, and sometimes shares with the beginning artists in his classes, portfolios of his work at their age. "I show them how my art evolved after I learned some fundamentals. I make sure to remind them that the fundamentals I learned are the same fundamentals they're learning now." Where they take it, he says, will have to do with their own personal narrative; concepts and themes that drive their life's work.




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